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Salt Lake City
4:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Architects, Builder Announced for New SLC Peforming Arts Center

More pieces are being put into place for Salt Lake City’s new Performing Arts Center.  Yesterday City officials announced who will be designing and building the $110 million dollar project. HKS Architects, a local firm,  along with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects beat out 14 other bidders to design the future theater which will sit on Main Street. Michael Vela, managing principal with HKS says it’s still too early to tell what the theater could look like.

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Utah News
10:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Utah Receives Grant Money for Work Sharing Program

Nearly $100 million in federal grant money has recently been made available to states. How will Utah use this money and how will it help our job market?

Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, states have been attempting programs that will give employers an alternative to lay-offs. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a grant that is intended to aid states in the implementation of one of those programs.

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Ogden
10:16 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Pretty Sunsets Aside, Current Bad Air May Present a Health Threat

From The Standard Examiner -- The air along the Wasatch Front has taken on a golden glow that looks pretty, but there’s nothing magical about the particulate matter and ozone readings behind it.

That glow is from wildfires raging in Idaho, Nevada and even Washington state. The National Weather Service says neither the fires nor the bad air is going away anytime soon.

The Utah Division of Air Quality says levels of particulate matter in the air haven’t reached dangerous levels yet, but they are high enough that people with lung problems, the elderly and infants should be careful and avoid outdoor exertion.

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Vernal
5:49 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Wounded Veterans Fundraising Flag Stops in Vernal

An American flag that is making its way across the country made a stop Monday in Vernal. Supporters gathered at the war memorial in front of the Uintah County building to pay tribute to local fallen veterans and to support the 2012 Patriot Tour.

The Patriot Tour is an annual event of the Nation of Patriots, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for wounded veterans and their families.

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UPR Feature Story
5:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Show Biz Kids of Moab

Johnny Depp as Tonto on the set of the Lone Ranger

In the past two years filming for major motion pictures has made a comeback, and the Utah Film Commission projects that 2012 will be a “watershed year,” with film crews spending $56 million in the state. Lured to Utah by cash rebates, Sony Pictures and Disney were encamped in Moab for most of the summer.

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Logan
5:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Good Cause. Good Fun. But Not Good Clean Fun.

As many as 300 youth and adults gathered on Saturday in Logan for a fundraiser and mud run. Money raised during the "Stomp the Mud out of Child Abuse" event will benefit the Cache Valley Child and Family Support Center.

With the help of the Cache county Sheriffs' office, the Support Center joined with jail inmates to build trenches, dig holes, and construct a muddy course for the mud run.

UPR Feature Story
4:19 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Irish Dancing is a Sport: A Group of Utah Girls Prove It!

Last month, Chicago was overrun by some of the best Irish dancers in North America. Thousands skipped their way to the Windy City to compete in the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships, simply known in the Irish dancing world as Nationals.

Among many Irish dance schools from Utah that competed, Cache Valley was represented by the An Tus Nua Dance Company located in North Logan. Some of the An Tus Nua dancers talked to UPR's Dani Hayes about why they chose this specific type of dance.

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Utah News
5:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Morning Star Makes an Afternoon Appearance: See Venus During the Day on Monday

Photo of a lunar occulation of Venus from 2007. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070620.html
Peter Heinzen Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA

It's not unusual to sneak a peak of the planet Venus. Observers have been watching what appears to be a bright star shining in the east before sunrise for some time now, but on Monday, the moon and Venus will shine bright enough to be seen in daylight, but only if you know exactly where to look, says Patrick Wiggins, Utah's Solar System Ambassador for NASA.

On August 13, the moon will be easily spotted during the daytime and around 2:00 that afternoon you can look to the upper left of the moon, about 1/3 of the way up the western sky, to get a pretty good glimpse of Venus.

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Cedar City
4:21 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Lessons from the Utah Rural Summit

The Utah rural summit concludes today in Cedar City. UPR's Chris Holmes was there from opening to close and reports on highlights from the summit.

The keynote speaker on Thursday was Jack Shultz, author of the book The Seven and a Half Keys to Big Success in Small Towns. Key #1 according to Schultz is to have a "can do" attitude. In welcoming summit attendees, Southern Utah University President Dr. Michael T. Benson offered a local example: The Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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Utah News
3:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Is Utah's Drop in Foreclosure Rate Too Good to Be True?

The latest foreclosure numbers hitting Utah appear to be good news. The latest report by RealtyTrac shows the Beehive state dropped to 26th in the nation in filings, down 70 percent from one year ago. But as Jessica Gail reports, some experts worry the numbers may be short lived.

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